ETH Deposit and Withdraw Guide

Quick Summary

This section of the docs deals with how to deposit and withdraw ERC20 tokens on the Polygon network. Common functions exist between the ETH, ERC20, ERC721 and ERC1155 sections of the docs with variances in the naming and implementation patterns as befitting the standards. The most important prerequisite to using this section of the docs is mapping your assets, so please submit your mapping request here.


This guide uses the Polygon Testnet (Mumbai) which in itself is mapped to the Goerli Network to demonstrate asset transfer between the two blockchains. It's important to note that for the purposes of this tutorial, you should use a proxy address whenever is possible. This is because while the implementation contract address is liable to change when a new update is added to the contract code, the proxy never changes and it redirects all the incoming calls to the latest implementation. In essence, if you use the proxy address, you won't need to worry about any changes happening on the implementation contract before you're ready.

For example, please use the RootChainManagerProxy address for interactions instead of the RootChainManager address. Deployment details like the PoS contract addresses, ABI, Test Token Addresses can be found here

Mapping your assets is a necessary step for integrating the PoS bridge on your application so if you haven't done it, please submit a mapping request here. For the purposes of this tutorial, the team has deployed test tokens and mapped them to the PoS bridge. Request the asset you want to use on the faucet and if the test tokens are unavailable, reach out to the team on Discord. We'll make sure to reply you immediately.

Mapping your assets is necessary to integrate the PoS bridge on your application. You can submit a mapping request here. But for the purpose of this tutorial, we have already deployed the Test tokens and Mapped then on the PoS bridge. You may need it for trying out the tutorial on your own. You can request the desired Asset from the faucet. If the test tokens are unavailable on the faucet, do reach us on discord

In the upcoming tutorial, every step will be explained in detail along with a few code snippets. However, you can always refer to this repository which will have all the example source code that can help you to integrate and understand the working of PoS bridge.

High Level Flow

Deposit ETH -

  1. Make depositEtherFor call on RootChainManager and send the required ether.

Withdraw ETH -

  1. Burn tokens on Polygon chain.
  2. Call exit function on RootChainManager to submit proof of burn transaction. This call can be made after checkpoint is submitted for the block containing burn transaction.



ETH can be deposited to the Polygon chain by calling depositEtherFor on the RootChainManager contract. The Polygon PoS client exposes the depositEtherForUser method to make this call. Since ETH is deposited as ERC20 on the Polygon chain, withdrawing it follows the same process as ERC20 tokens.

ETH is deposited as ERC20 token on Polygon chain. For withdrawing it follow the same process as withdrawing ERC20 tokens.

await maticPOSClient.depositEtherForUser(from, amount, {
gasPrice: "10000000000",

Sidenote: Deposits from Ethereum to Polygon happen using the State Sync Mechanism and this takes about 5-7 minutes. After waiting for this time interval, it is recommended to check the balance using web3.js/matic.js library or using Metamask. The explorer will show the balance only if at least one asset transfer has happened on the child chain. This link explains how to track the deposit events.


To burn the tokens and engage the withdrawal process, please call the Withdraw function of the MaticWETH contract. Since Ether is an ERC20 token on the Polygon chain, using the burnERC20 method that the Polygon PoS client exposes kickstarts the process.

The burnERC20 method looks like this

await maticPOSClient.burnERC20(childToken, amount, { from });

Store the transaction hash for this call and use it while generating burn proof.


Once the checkpoint has been submitted for the block containing burn transaction, user should call the exit function of RootChainManager contract and submit the proof of burn. Upon submitting valid proof tokens are transferred to the user. Polygon POS client exposes exitERC20 method to make this call. This function can be called only after the checkpoint is included in the main chain. The checkpoint inclusion can be tracked by following this guide.

await maticPOSClient.exitERC20(burnTxHash, { from });
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